With Taliban officials set to make changes in the culture and religious sections of media books and revise the mass media law in the country, the condition of media personnel in Afghanistan is likely to get worse. “We will make some changes in the culture and religious sections and send it to the Islamic Emirate leader to confirm, and in the near future it will be available to the media,” said Taliban spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid in a tweet adding that the Ministry of Information and Culture will review mass media law. The move occurred when Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) expressed “deep concern” over the atrocities against media practitioners in Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported. Reiterating revising the media law in the country, the acting minister of Information and culture said that last year they identified 150 books against the Islamic values that need to be revised, as per the Afghan media agency.
“Still now, we reviewed 80 books and there were 150 books that are against the principle of Islam, and there are some other books that are against unity,” Khaama Press reported quoting the deputy of publications in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Hayatullah Muhajir Farahi as saying. Notably, hundreds of male and female journalists have left the country since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15 last year. More than half of about 600 media outlets were shut down due to the financial crisis.